Doing adaptation differently? Does neoliberalism influence adaptation planning in Queensland?

McClure, Lachlan & Baker, Douglas (2013) Doing adaptation differently? Does neoliberalism influence adaptation planning in Queensland? In Ruming, Kirstian, Randolph, Bill, & Gurran, Nicole (Eds.) State of Australian Cities Conference 2013 : Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, NSW.

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Australian cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Adapting to climate change is a critical task for contemporary spatial planning, one that is widely recognised by the planning profession and beginning to receive substantive attention in planning policy. However adaptation takes place within the context of established spatial governance regimes and planning cultures, and examples of effective adaptation are often grounded in progressive contexts markedly different than Australia. In Australia, planning is subject to strong neoliberal reform agendas (Gleeson & Low, 2000a, 2000b) and national adaptation policies align with neoliberal views (Granberg & Glover, 2011). Planning in Queensland has been subject to deregulation (Buxton et al., 2012) and the continued influence of neoliberalism (Wright & Cleary, 2012). The influence of neoliberalism on climate change adaptation has received little consideration in research and literature. This paper reviews a case study of adaptation planning through the lens of the recent and contemporary influences of neoliberalism. It examines spatial/land-use planning for climate change adaptation in Queensland, identifying the underlying rationales, priorities and strategies. A justification for such an investigation is advanced based on the challenges to planning facilitating adaptation and identified links to neoliberalism. A preliminary analysis of interviews with planners is then used to identify and discuss the ideological influences practitioners perceive in current approaches to adaptation in Queensland and the implications of such.

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ID Code: 67595
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Neoliberalism, Climate Change, Land Use Planning
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [Please Consult Author]
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2014 22:33
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2014 10:33

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